Definition of 'explosive'
Video: pronunciation of 'explosive'
Example sentences containing 'explosive'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Any of them could be hiding an explosive device. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He had twice been riding in an armoured vehicle that struck an improvised explosive device, and was injured once in friendly fire. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We don't need additional flashpoints, especially as the situation remains explosive here. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The explosive growth of IT infrastructures has resulted in complex distributed systems and applications whose timely management is rapidly exceeding human ability. Computing (2010)Security guards searched the boots of cars arriving at Old Trafford and used mirrors to look for explosive devices under vehicles. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There were no explosives or weapons in the car. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The sound of a band learning how to focus their explosive power. The Sun (2014)We had to make these explosive belts because we have no other means to defend ourselves. Times, Sunday Times (2013)They either spy from up high or launch explosive attacks. The Sun (2015)This combination seems to provide a greenhouse for explosive growth. Christianity Today (2000)There were also improvised explosive devices targeting police patrols. Times, Sunday Times (2010)This can potentially be a very explosive situation. Life Without Work (1994)That explosive energy has a habit of boiling over. The Sun (2016)The new technology includes scanners that detect weapons and explosives in luggage. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The combination of explosive power and a light but potent touch was formidable. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Be sure you make an explosive effect. 23 Steps to Successful Achievement (1972)The explosive growth in cycling is one of the main reasons for the surge. Times, Sunday Times (2016)An explosive situation for which we have no answers. Times, Sunday Times (2014)His low centre of gravity and explosive running power are huge advantages. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The want of an unlimited supply of high explosive was a fatal bar to our success. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Her explosive energy kept her ahead. Times, Sunday Times (2012)One firm she worked for before becoming a journalist manufactured dangerous explosives, dangerously! The Golden Thread - Asian experiences of post-Raj Britain (1990)Few endorsements have matched your sudden explosive'Yes! Times, Sunday Times (2010)And it's not just learning how to find dangerous explosives that the dogs have to master. The Sun (2013)FIGHT mid-afternoon boredom with pelvic floor exercises as these can make for explosive climaxes. The Sun (2009)
Trends of 'explosive'
In Common Usage. explosive is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'explosive'
British English: explosive /ɪkˈspləʊsɪv/ NOUN
An explosive is a substance or device that can cause an explosion.
...one-hundred-and-fifty pounds of Semtex explosive.
- American English: explosive
- Arabic: مَادَّةٌ مُتَفَجِّرَة
- Brazilian Portuguese: explosivo
- Chinese: 爆炸物
- Croatian: eksploziv
- Czech: výbušnina
- Danish: sprængstof
- Dutch: explosief
- European Spanish: explosivo
- Finnish: räjähde
- French: explosif
- German: Sprengstoff
- Greek: εκρηκτικό
- Italian: esplosivo
- Japanese: 爆発物
- Korean: 폭발성의
- Norwegian: sprengstoff
- Polish: materiał wybuchowy
- European Portuguese: explosivo
- Romanian: explozibil
- Russian: взрывчатое вещество
- Spanish: explosivo
- Swedish: sprängämne
- Thai: สิ่งที่ระเบิดได้
- Turkish: patlayıcı madde
- Ukrainian: вибухова речовина
- Vietnamese: chất nổ
British English: explosive ADJECTIVE
Something that is explosive is capable of causing an explosion.
The explosive device was timed to go off at the rush hour.
Nearby words of 'explosive'
Definition of explosive from the Collins English Dictionary
5 unusual words & phrases to upgrade your World Cup 2018 banter
Impress your friends, family and colleagues with this unusual collection of football lingo.
VAR, planebae & a peng sort: July’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this July with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.